Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters told AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio that he has received verbal approval from the Georgia EPD for a delay in the burn ban due to the recent tornado that struck Cloudland and Teloga.

In a letter to Mr. Jim Ussery, Assistant Director of the Georgia EPD, Winters said:

I would request a delay of the implementation of the burn ban that would be effective May 1, to allow our citizens the time to clean up their properties and remove trees from fields and fencing.  This storm has affected the entire northern section of the county and also caused varying debris fields all over Chattooga County.  Almost no one has access to chipping equipment and the nearest debris disposal site, which is operated by Chattooga County, is anywhere from 15  to 20 miles away from the affected area.  Also, the size of the trees and extreme volume of numbers of trees makes it extremely difficult to transport or move these trees and debris.   

I would also like to point out that since January of 2010, this is the third official tornado that has hit in Chattooga County. We have never requested a delay of the burn ban implementation and feel that our request is justified.

Winters said that he is still waiting for the "official" approval from the Georgia EPD regarding the delay in the burn ban.